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NSFC Vice President Sun Jiaguang Visits EU Headquarters and Germany


At the invitation of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the Commission of EU (DG-RTD) and the German Science Foundation, anNSFC delegation headed by its Vice President Prof. Sun Jiaguang visited EU headquarters and Germany from June 12 to 21, 2012.

During the visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, the delegation met with Ms. Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of DG-RTD, Mr. ZoranStančič, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General of Information Society and Media,Prof. Donald B. Dingwell, Secretary General of European Research Council and officials from Directorate-General of Education and Culture. The delegation attended ten meetings in total and extensively changed views on a broad range of issues with EU staff members. Both sides reached consensus on further strengthening the cooperation and personnel exchanges in basic research, establishing long-term and stable cooperation mechanism,and initiating joint research programs. Minister-Counselor Zhang Zhiqin and Second Secretary Chen Jingquanfrom the Service of Science and Technologyof the Chinese Mission to EU accompanied the delegation during the whole visit.

In Germany, the delegation met with DFG Vice President FerdiSchüth. The two sides exchanged the latest development of NSFC and DFG and reviewed the bilateral cooperation. The delegation introduced NSFC's cooperation with Germany and the "Major Research Plan" program to DFG staff members and answered their questions. Prof. Zhan Qiminfrom the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Prof. Sun FanglinfromTongji University and Prof.ZhongMinlinfrom Tsinghua University, who were invited to visit DFG along with the delegation, exchanged views with DFG program directors on the development and prospect of Sino-German cooperation in their respect research fields. The Delegation also visited the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden and the University of Bonn.
  
The delegation members also include Prof. Chang Qing, Director-General of the Bureau of International Cooperation, Prof. MengXianping, Director-General of the Bureau of Planning, Prof. Han Yu, Director-General of the Bureau of Policy and other NSFC staff.

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